Insurance and Identification
For the safety and security of your child and our office, please provide proof of all current insurance coverage and a form of government-issued photo identification at every appointment. Failure to provide insurance card(s) and/or photo identification may result in cancellation of your appointment and dismissal from the practice.
Children aged 12 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times.
Food and Beverage
For the health and safety of our patients, we request that you bring no food or drink other than infant formula into the exam rooms.
Forms & Refills
We require a minimum of 24 hours to fill out forms for daycare or school attendance, WIC, FMLA, etc. Form requests may incur a fee. We also require a minimum of 24 hours to refill medications. Photo identification is required to be presented to pick these up.
Medication History Import
Patient medication history is a list of prescription medicines that our practice providers, or other providers, have prescribed for you. A variety of sources, including pharmacies and health insurers, contribute to the collection of this history. I give my permission to allow Lawrence Pediatrics to obtain my child's medication history from my pharmacy, my health plans, and other healthcare providers.
Walk-in hours are from 8am to 9am, Monday through Friday. This time is reserved for established patients* with acute illnesses or injuries only. It is run on a first-come, first-served basis with providers rotating to expedite care. Requests for a specific provider are not possible during this time. If you have additional concerns and/or wish to request a specific provider, please call to schedule an appointment.
*established patient = has had a prior office visit with one of our providers
If your child is sick, please call our office to schedule an appointment. You will be directed to leave a message with your child's name, birthdate, your name, and a phone number where one of our nurses can return your call to assess your child's symptoms. The front desk staff cannot schedule a sick appointment for your child. Please note that at present time, our walk-in hours are from 8am to 9am ONLY. Appointments are required to be scheduled via phone for any other time of day.
Lawrence Pediatrics utilizes Children's Mercy Nurse Triage Line for emergent after-hours phone calls. Please be advised that there may be a $25 charge for this service billed directly to the patient.
We're glad that you have chosen us to provide your child's medical care, but if you miss their appointment(s), you compromise care. Your appointment time is reserved exclusively for you and your child. Please be considerate of others; if you miss your appointment*, we will be unable to care for another patient in your child's place. We want to remind you of our office policies regarding missed appointments.
*A missed appointment is defined as when you fail to show up for a scheduled appointment, show more than 15 minutes past your appointment timel, or cancel without at least 24 hours notice. If more than one family member on the same day misses or cancels with less than 24 business hours' notice, we will need to schedule future apointments for each family member on separate days.
1st Missed Appointment: We may call and offer to reschedule the appointment.
You may be charged a missed appointment fee of $25.
2nd Missed Appointment: We may call and offer to reschedule the appointment.
You may be charged a missed appointment fee of $25.
3rd Missed Appointment: You will be charged a missed appointment fee of $25.
This may result in a discharge from the practice.
*This will be charged per family member if multiple appointments were scheduled and missed. Please note that insurance will not pay for this charge. The charge must be paid in full before we are able to schedule another appointment.
Patients with a Medicaid/KanCare health plan will not be charged a missed appointment fee; however, they will be discharged from the practice after a total of three missed appointments.
As of January 1, 2015, Lawrence Pediatrics no longer accepts patients who are not fully vaccinated by the age of twelve months. Newborns registering after this date are required to be fully up-to-date by the age of twelve months and continue on schedule to be fully up-to-date by eighteen months. Patients who fall behind on the immunization schedule are subject to dismissal from the practice.
Lawrence Pediatrics is committed to providing our patients the best medical care possible. We believe that to do this effectively, we must enter into a partnership based on mutual trust with the parents of our patients. We believe that immunizations are one of the most important health interventions a parent can do on behalf of their children, and we want all of our patients to benefit from this modern lifesaving tool.
Lawrence Pediatrics follows the recommended childhood immunization schedule of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We feel the current immunization schedule provides the best medical care to prevent these diseases that can cause severe illness, brain damage, and death. The current immunization schedule has been thoroughly researched and has been found repeatedly to be safe and to be the best way to prevent these illnesses in young children. Delaying these immunizations puts your child at risk for developing these illnesses and does not decrease or otherwise alter the mild side effects sometimes seen from these immunizations.
We firmly believe that the current vaccines are safe and effective. Vaccines do not cause autism or developmental disabilities. The previous concerns about the association of the MMR vaccine and autism have been refuted, and multiple studies have shown this to be a safe and effective vaccine. The delay or refusal of vaccines has cause resurgence of these diseases worldwide.
We recognize that the choice to vaccinate may be a very emotional one for some parents. We will do everything we can to reassure you that vaccinating according to the schedule is the right thing to do. We will be happy to discuss any issues at each of your child's well-child exams. Separating vaccines to give over additional visits goes against expert recommendations and is not supported by any scientific data. You will be required to sign a vaccine refusal form if you choose not to follow the recommended schedule. At Lawrence Pediatrics, we feel strongly that the current schedule is the safest and most effective way to immunize your child. Any alternate schedule will be your responsibility to remember, and we require that all of the recommended infant vaccine series be completed by 18 months of age. Additionally, your child will not be eligible to utilize our walk-in clinic if undergoing an alternate schedule.
If you refuse to vaccinate according to these recommendations, we will ask you to find another health care provider who shares your views. This decision places your child at a serious health risk. As medical professionals, we feel very strongly that vaccinating all children on schedule with currently available vaccines is absolutely the right and responsible thing to do for all children.